Today's homework assignment: read The Declaration of Independence in its entirety.
How many of these complaints against King George could be properly leveled at our own government these days?
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
The Dutch: Looks like you got a pretty nasty oil spill. We've got a lot of experience with oil drilling and our government would love to help out with cleaning resources and manpower.
Obama: Piss off, eh?
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
Same as it ever was.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
Ask any entrepreneur who is forced to kiss the rings of bureaucrats from EEOC, OSHA and dozens of other government outfits whose byzantine rules he must obey before he's allowed to start a new company, sell a widget or serve a client whether this is in fact the case.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world
An entire god damn list of business deals "free" Americans are disallowed to engage in.
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent
Nobody asked ME if I wanted a 1040. Or a 1099.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury
In a stunning departure from his rhetoric on Guantánamo Bay prison, President Barack Obama signaled Friday he will continue Bush Administration policy with regard to detainees held at a US airbase in Afghanistan, saying they have no right to challenge their detentions in US courts -- and denying them legal status altogether.
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
Naw, we don't do that any more ...
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
The casualties in our ill-concieved and completely unconstitutional "War" on Drugs number in the millions.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
Oil Spill cock-up. Civil Asset Forfeiture racketeering.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
So what do you say, Gentle Reader?
Is it time yet for another July 4th revolution?